The course of the Fisheries as per week 4/2014

Published: by Jarle A. Hansen

A lower quantity gave a price rise for Atlanto Scandic herring. Lower quantities of mackerel from west and at Iceland harsh weather led to vessels seeking ports.

Atlanto Scandic herring
Less vessels in operation resulted in a lower week quantity than during the foregoing weeks. Divided on 55 different vessels altogether 21.600 MT were registered last week. Shared by groups 11.800 MT were from coastal vessels, 8.300 MT from trawlers and just 1.500 MT from purse seiners.
The best sized herring being on their spawning move, were caught in the area southwest of Træna, and  to an area off Troms in the north. The main volume (12.900 MT), was taken in grid 06-27 southwest of Træna. It is reported good quantities from this area and continuous and dense concentrations over an extended area of several nautical miles.
As previously seen this winter, the average size is good. As a total the average was 328 g. Some elements of smaller herring were however observed in catches from the northernmost fields where the average was down to 270 g. - Lower quantities have led to higher prices. The average price reached NOK 5,32 and the peak was at NOK 5,69.
It is not expected high volumes of Atlanto Scandic herring in the forthcoming week. Several coastal vessels and trawlers have by now fulfilled their quotas.

Just modest quantities of foreign mackerel last week; 4.900 MT from three Scottish and two Danish trawlers. Again the operations were carried out northwest of the Hebrides. The size is in a range from  330-373 g. All catches were sold under contracts, price dependant on size and quality upon delivery. There is hope for more vessels to take part in this western waters and that the strong eastern winds in the North Sea will diminish leading more vessels to Norway for delivery.

"Trønderbas" being the first vessel in Icelandic waters this season, got some 135 MT in two hauls by mid-week. Afterwards nothing was observed and combined with a not very favourable weather forecast, the vessel chose to deliver its catch in Iceland.  The other vessels (9) arriving just before the weekend, chose to seek port due to the weather.  As a total 16 vessels now have been registered for the caplin at Iceland. Following the new quota exchange arrangement being introduced during last week, the number of vessels participating will be reduced. So far 60 vessels have exchanged capelin quotas.
We still hope for improved weather and that the capelin will gather in huge quantities east of Iceland in the forthcoming week!

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